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Been so long (2009)

Compositeur: Arthur Darvill

Parolier: Arthur Darvill • Che Walker

Librettiste: Che Walker

Set in the closing days of a once-popular London bar with a fabulous soul-music tradition, Been So Long is an upfront popular comedy about love, sex and romance on the mean streets of London, backed by a rich strand of live music from a four-piece band and three fabulous Motown-style backing singers.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Barney’s bar is failing, and on the point of closure. The customers include skinny white boy, Gil, who is on a mission to slice up sleazy Lothario, Raymond, for stealing Gil’s girl. Meantime single-mum Simone finds herself falling for the cocksure Raymond while her brassy chum, Yvonne, winds up with Gil. And Barney finds himself gazing longingly at Simone. This is a bar where, in Barney’s words, “love don’t drink here anymore”, and where all the customers are losers, though they turn out to be briefly sanctified by love.

Quelques commentaires

“Been So Long” started life in 1998 as a Royal Court play by Che Walker, and was now adapted into a musical. Its collection of blues, funk, reggae and hip-hop numbers was played by a four piece band with a backing trio of voluptuous vocalists. The mostly black cast delivered a script liberally peppered with four-letter words and descriptions of sexual fantasies. Overall, the show received very mixed notices.

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

“Been So Long” started life in 1998 as a Royal Court play by Che Walker, and was now adapted into a musical. Its collection of blues, funk, reggae and hip-hop numbers was played by a four piece band with a backing trio of voluptuous vocalists. The mostly black cast delivered a script liberally peppered with four-letter words and descriptions of sexual fantasies. Overall, the show received very mixed notices.

 

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Been so long

Version 1

Been so long (2009-06-Young Vic Theatre Main Stage-London) (Original)
Durée : 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 11 juin 2009
Première : mercredi 17 juin 2009
Dernière : mercredi 15 juillet 2009
Mise en scène : Che Walker
Chorégraphie : Bonnie Oddie
Avec : Omar Lyefook (Barney), Harry Hepple (Gil), Arinze Kene (Raymond), Cat Simmons (Simone), Naana Agyei-Ampadu (Yvonne)
Commentaires :
Following disastrous notices, it opened and closed on the same night (after ten previews).
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Version 2

Been so long (2009-08-Edinburgh Festival Fringe) (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 07 août 2009
Première : vendredi 07 août 2009
Dernière : dimanche 30 août 2009
Mise en scène : Che Walker
Chorégraphie : Bonnie Oddie
Avec : Omar Lyefook (Barney), Harry Hepple (Gil), Arinze Kene (Raymond), Cat Simmons (Simone), Naana Agyei-Ampadu (Yvonne)
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